GPS trace from a 6.8km walk at the confluence of the Fox and Cook Rivers, South Westland, New Zealand.
This piece explores the propositional nature of mapping; the assertion that “this is there”. As a walked text piece the statement connects the direct experience of walking with a playfully banal statement of truth-testing.
These paired images offer complementary ways of thinking about stillness in the context of Fox Glacier and any attempt to represent it through mapping. One is an image of my GPS location taken over a 15 minute interval while sitting still, with the GPS device subject to “drift” due to the geometry and material nature of the glacier. The other image is a still from a 15 minute video, recorded at the same times as the GPS drawing. The video records the subtle changes to the glacier in real time; melting, cracking and changing light conditions.
Vertically tracking video projection
7 minutes 44s
Constructed from video footage recorded while walking in Fox Glacier valley, this video slowly tracks up the space in which it is shown. It forms a vertical section of the landscape, from the Fox River, up the valley and finally on to Fox Glacier itself. The work attempts to create a spatial document of this environment without resorting to cartographic encoding, seeking a balance between abstraction and the experiential act of walking through the landscape.
Stereo Field Recording
2 minutes 15s
Recorded early morning, 9 December 2010.
This work approaches the physicality of Fox Glacier, through a recording of guiding staff maintaining access on to the glacier. Each day staff work to re-cut a series of steps and pathways into the surface, making modifications to allow for the melting and shifting of the ice. The materiality and physicality of this small scale and repetitive act is in turn linked to the larger scale dynamics of the glacier as a whole.
I have helped to develop Perceptions of Greenland, an exhibition of images by Edinburgh based artists and scientists at Tent Gallery. It aims to reveal parallels in the ways various disciplines observe and interact with this arctic environment and is organised by ASCUS : art science collaborative. Contributors include Mark Eischeid, Hamer Dodds, Pete Nienow, Ian Bartholomew, Jennifer Littlejohn and Malize McBride.
Opening event: 12-2pm, Friday July 16.
The show is visible from the street and will run continuously until July 23.
First exhibited at Phylogeny Weekend, John Hope Gateway building, Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh, Scotland. February 2010.
Shown as part of a two person show Infinite Fondness, at Wolfson College, Oxford University, England. June 2010.
Exhibited at City Art Centre, as part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland. April 2012.
A development from the earlier three–dimensional drawing system, this Kitset was created specifically for an exhbition centred around the idea of phylogeny, or the evolutionary development and diversification of species. Modules are still based on the same underlying Penrose tiling geometry as the original Kitset, but are adapted to make them meaningful in a specific scientific context. A secondary timber colour also adds another dimension to a phylogenetic reading of the work.